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SENSORY FOOD NETWORK IRELAND is a national network of excellence, promoting integration and ensuring sustainability for all sensory science activities on the island of Ireland. The network comprises 10 leading institutions from Ireland with expertise in sensory science. These partners include Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute; University College Dublin; Teagasc; Dublin Institute of Technology; College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise; St Angela's College, Sligo; Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology; University of Ulster and Limerick Institute of TechnologyThe network performs to the highest level of excellence in service provision and scientific research in sensory food science. All members of the network are dedicated to developing and improving sensory research and consumer testing methodologies, with the aim of launching Ireland on the international map in this field.  

A key aspect of the network is to strengthen existing scientific and technological excellence in sensory science by aligning the critical mass of resources and expertise needed to provide leadership and to be a future international force in the area. This expertise is networked around a joint programme of activities in research, training and service provision. This programme will enhance the research capacities and services of the network partners while at the same time advancing knowledge in the area of sensory food science.  


GROWING IMPORTANCE IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY

Recognising the importance of sensory science in the food industry has evolved from the increasing need for a scientifically sound and systematic approach to the sensory evaluation of foods. Sensory Food Network Ireland supports the food and beverage industry in the areas of new product development, product matching, flavour development and enhancing understanding of consumer behaviour within specific market segments.  


Today, the SFNI brings together experts from 10 research institutions from around Ireland and will work as a sustainable unit to address documented needs of the food industry in relation to sensory science. It will also ensure that good practice and the highest level of service will be assured to industry. The network actively encourages and facilitates collaboration between industry and research groups.

It is envisaged that Sensory Food Network Ireland will form an integral part of the food and beverage industry, to support new product development, product matching, flavour development and enhancing the understanding of consumer behaviour within specific market segments. As well as a first class service to industry, the network also aspires to the highest level of scientific excellence in sensory food science research and training.

- See more at: http://sensoryfoodnetworkireland.ie/#sthash.07Y6ZGqz.dpuf

It is envisaged that Sensory Food Network Ireland will form an integral part of the food and beverage industry, to support new product development, product matching, flavour development and enhancing the understanding of consumer behaviour within specific market segments. As well as a first class service to industry, the network also aspires to the highest level of scientific excellence in sensory food science research and training.

- See more at: http://sensoryfoodnetworkireland.ie/#sthash.07Y6ZGqz.dpuf

he Sensory Food Network Ireland (SFNI) is a national network of excellence, promoting integration and ensuring sustainability for all sensory science activities on the island of Ireland.

Today, the SFNI brings together experts from 10 research institutions from around Ireland and will work as a sustainable unit to address documented needs of the food industry in relation to sensory science. It will also ensure that good practice and the highest level of service will be assured to industry. The network actively encourages and facilitates collaboration between industry and research groups.

It is envisaged that Sensory Food Network Ireland will form an integral part of the food and beverage industry, to support new product development, product matching, flavour development and enhancing the understanding of consumer behaviour within specific market segments. As well as a first class service to industry, the network also aspires to the highest level of scientific excellence in sensory food science research and training.

- See more at: http://sensoryfoodnetworkireland.ie/#sthash.07Y6ZGqz.dpuf